School Administrators Alliance endorses Evers

I am so proud to have the support of the School Administrators Alliance, which represents thousands of superintendents, principals, business officials, directors of special education and other school leaders across Wisconsin, for my re-election campaign. 

Working with the SAA, we're implementing the new Common Core State Standards, replacing the outdated WKCE test, and developing a new educator evaluation system. We've been partners in school finance reform, and we've fought back against the largest education funding cut in history and the unprecedented attempts to expand school vouchers statewide.

Take a moment to check out their press release below. I really look forward to spending the next four years working with the SAA to build upon our great work and ensure that every child is a graduate.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                        Contact:  John D. Forester

Monday, December 3, 2012                                                                                  (608) 242-1370


SAA Endorses Evers for State Superintendent


Madison –The School Administrators Alliance (SAA), representing more than 3,000 public school principals, special education directors, business officials and superintendents throughout Wisconsin, today announced its endorsement of Tony Evers for State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

“The members of the SAA endorsed Tony Evers for State Superintendent in 2009 and we are again proud to endorse Tony for reelection to that post in 2013,” said SAA Director of Government Relations John Forester.  “Wisconsin school leaders, educators, parents and children need a State Superintendent with the experience to help them navigate the rapid pace of change we are currently experiencing in K-12 education.  Tony is that kind of proven leader who can unify diverse groups from across the state, challenge the status quo, and move the interests of children forward.  He is the SAA’s clear choice to be Wisconsin’s chief advocate for school children for the next four years. 

A product of Wisconsin public schools, Tony Evers has spent 38 years in public education in Wisconsin, fighting for and supporting our kids as a teacher, principal, district administrator, CESA director, Deputy State Superintendent and State Superintendent.  He is a proud parent of public school graduates and grandparent of five children, three of which are school age.

During Evers’ first term as State Superintendent, Wisconsin became the first state to adopt the rigorous national common core standards.  We scrapped the outdated Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Exam (WKCE) and are replacing it with a next generation assessment system (which includes the ACT Suite). And, Tony proposed a bold school finance reform plan that fixes the most difficult problems we have with our current school finance system.

In one of the most difficult political environments in Wisconsin history, Evers led the fight against unprecedented cuts in state funding for Wisconsin school children and the radical expansion of private school vouchers.  However, Tony has also found common ground with leaders across the political spectrum to improve early childhood reading, focus on career and technical education and improve the effectiveness of Wisconsin educators.

 “I am honored to have the support of the School Administrators Alliance,” said Evers.  “The SAA does outstanding work across Wisconsin, and we should all be grateful for their advocacy on behalf of our schools and students.”

The School Administrators Alliance is an alliance of Association of Wisconsin School Administrators (AWSA), Wisconsin Association of School Business Officials (WASBO), Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators (WASDA), and Wisconsin Council of Administrators of Special Services (WCASS).  The SAA advocates on behalf of school leaders in their efforts to strengthen Wisconsin’s national leadership in education to ensure that Wisconsin’s children receive the highest quality education possible.